Case #: (NCMEC) 968779
Karen Lynn Zendrosky was 16 years old when she was last seen at a bowling alley in Bordentown Township, New Jersey on the evening of October 23, 1979. Some sources state that she was last seen in Hamilton Township. Her parents reported her missing a short time afterwards. The bowling alley no longer exists. Karen is a white female with brown hair and green eyes, 5’2-5’3” in height and 97 lbs at the time of her disappearance. Her date of birth is listed as 9/2/1963. She was last seen wearing overalls and a brown and yellow zip up sweatshirt. She has a scar on her right ear from a previously implanted plastic shield. She once broke her lower right arm. Foul play is suspected in her case and several people have been questioned.
Police worked on the theory that Karen wound up with 2 or 3 men in their 20’s near the Township Pollution Control Facility about a half a mile from the bowling alley. It is not known if she went willingly or against her will. This area was often used as a party spot. Investigators believed that Karen’s remains were buried in a sludge pit that was once used as part of the wastewater treatment plant. Ground penetrating radar detected spots consistent with organic matter, for example, human remains.
In 2005, the State Police used equipment to “dig away layers of sediment in an area next to the sludge pit,” and they seemed confident that they would find Karen’s remains. After a 3 day search of the area, nothing was found.
Karen’s case is still unsolved.
If you have any further information, please contact the New Jersey State Police at 609-882-2000, extension 2894.